The election season has just begun and already there is a nasty plot afoot in Gallatin county, hatched by the local conservatives. It’s dirty, below-the-belt, highly dishonest stuff. Embarrassed at the fact that they have become a national joke, the right-wing of the conservative movement has resorted to an attempt to invade and infect the Democratic Party, Trojan Horse style, and take it over. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what’s happening.
This year a bunch of local Tea Partiers filed paperwork to run as Democrats for local legislative races. And unless the Gallatin democrats undertake a campaign to inform voters not to vote for these candidates, these imbeciles will succeed in deceiving the voters and will take seats in the 2015 legislature that the voters intended to be filled by democrats.
Let’s take a look at who they are.
This gentleman is Harry Pennington and this is Harry’s official Facebook photo. Harry is running as a fake Democrat in SD 32. His Facebook page is littered with offensive racially-charged blather and calls to impeach Obama, and the usual nonsense one expects from these types [screenshots below] Rep. Franke Wilmer (D-Bozeman) is the actual Democrat in this race.
The next TEA Partier running as a fake Democrat is Dane Peeples, who has filed for HD 62. Peebles, who goes by Red Dane online, has an account on the TEA Party “patriot” bulletin board called the Constitution Club [screenshot.] Peeples is part of a local militia group called “the Irregulars” as you can see here. [screenshot]
If this guy, who goes by RedDane online, who is same age, astrological sign, has the same graphic interests, and who looks the same as Dane Peeples’ Facebook photos is also the Dane Peeples running for office, he appears to be looking for extra-marital hookups if any of you ladies are interested in that kind of thing. Rep. Tom Woods (D-Bozeman) is the actual democratic representative in this race.
Laura Springer is an associate of Dane Peeples, according to her account at the TEA Party “patriot” bulletin board known as the Constitution Club. Springer is also running as a fake democratic candidate in HD 63, Bozeman–although her Constitution Club profile says she lives in the Flathead. If that’s true, she’s not legally permitted to run for this seat. [screenshot] The actual Democrat in this race is Zach Brown.
The Constitution Club is a “patriot” site that contains postings from the group William Wolf and Joel Boniek are affiliated with –the bunch who threatened to kidnap a local judge for jailing “The Natural Man” Ernie Tertelgte.
Are three democratic candidates that have filed under the same address, 919 W Lamme in Bozeman. So we are to believe that three adult TEA Party Republicans all just happen to live together as adult roommates and are running for office. (I guess if it can happen in Havre it can happen here. At least those two had the sense to take out different PO Boxes.) Perhaps Bozeman readers will weigh in and let us know more about the address. Unless we’re to believe that these three are all roommates, they may not be county residents at all and therefore may not be legally permitted to run. Harry doesn’t list a phone number of the Secretary of State’s filing page, but Laura and Dane do.
The Montana Republican Party certainly lists a phone number: 406-442-6469. Because these candidates are all Republicans, the state Republican Party will have a few questions to answer, too, about the ethics and honesty of blatantly seeking to deceive local voters. This could turn into yet another embarrassment for Republicans in Montana, and Springer, Peeples, and Pennington should immediately withdraw their candidacies.
UPDATE: I’m told that there are more fake candidates out there who have filed as democrats — readers like you are the most likely people to know who they are–email the tip line at firstname.lastname@example.org and help spread the word. Tips are starting to come in. Here’s the latest fake candidate to be uncovered.
UPDATE: March 12: A fake candidate in Sanders County was found. Sanders County GOP Vice-Chair Files as Democratic Candidate Here’s the list to date.